Category Archives: Songbirds

Mr. Cardinal feeds his babies

A male northern cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis, pauses on a branch after hunting a worm to feed to his babies yesterday at Ashbridge’s Bay.       © BCP 2011 Wild About The City is busy busy busy! Travelling here and there, trying to get out every day to experience the miracles of spring unfolding around […]

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More backyard birdies

A white-breasted nuthatch, Sitta carolensis, is happy to have a sunflower seed I put out last week. © BCP 2011 Must be doing something right in my quest to have a bird- and butterfly-friendly yard. It’s party time in my backyard this year — at least if you happen to be either a bird or […]

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A small slice of summer in my own backyard

A white-throated sparrow, Zonotrichia albicollis, visits in my yard this week. © BCP 2011 It is a wondrous day, indeed, when the incomparably beautiful song of the white-throated sparrow, Zonotrichia albicollis, first rings out in my backyard in spring. One day, the wintry winds are still clutching and grasping at the just-emerging ephemerals, trying to […]

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Look who’s back in the Beach — the kinglets!

A female golden-crowned kinglet, Regulus satrapa, pauses momentarily at Ashbridge’s Bay this week. © BCP 2011 Yup it’s true! The golden-crowned kinglets (Regulus satrapa), adorable little songbirds distantly related to Old World warblers, are back. (Although if you want to be persnickety about it. . . they didn’t all leave in the late fall. A […]

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An editorial about robins from the New York Times

One of the first robins (Turdus migratorius) to return to Ashbridge’s Bay, early March 2009. © BCP 2011 I was delighted to open up my New York Times yesterday morning and find an editorial about robins. It gave me a smile so I decided to share it here. (Hope that’s legal.) The New York Times […]

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